Monday, February 25, 2008

Mahi Mahi fried in Panko breadcrumbs

I made such a delicious meal on Friday that what I'm going to do is create three separate postings for the three simple dishes I made. First off! I was craving my mom's fried fish so I decided to make some with a Japanese spin. The Japanese part of the dish are the breadcrumbs. These are big flaky crumbs the Japanese use to coat lots of different cutlets, croquettes and other tasty fried goodies. The good thing about this dish is that you can get everything you need at Trader Joe's, no need to hit up the Japanese market, and you don't need to go shopping that day because the fish is frozen. I got both the frozen mahi mahi and the breadcrumbs at TJ's.

Mahi Mahi fried in Panko Breadcrumbs
3-4 servings

  • 1 1lb mahi mahi filets
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil like canola (not olive)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Put the panko breadcrumbs on a dinner plate. Grate the zest from the lemon into the pile and then add generous amounts of salt and pepper. Mix it all up.
  2. On another plate, place the beaten egg.
  3. Heat up the oil over medium heat in a frying pan.
  4. Dip the fish into the egg, then coat with the breadcrumbs. Don't be shy, it's OK to press some in if it's not sticking.
  5. Fry up the fish about 5 minutes or so on each side, depending on how think the fillets are.
  6. When the fillets are cooked, scoop them out onto a brown paper bag to sop up a little oil, if you wish.
  7. You're done! Serve with lemon wedges.